Getting Gulls – Lesson One: Your Neighbors

Winter adult Ring-billed Gull / © Bryan Pfeiffer

Gulls are nothing if not resourceful and entertaining (unless you're a southern right whale or a White-crowned Sparrow over Lake Erie). So, with our rainbow warblers long gone for the tropics, and with the vernal serenade still months away, you gotta get with gulls. Here's your first lesson.

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The Crazy Stuff Birds Eat

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For many of us who watch their behavior, birds are what they eat — or at least are predictable in their diets: Kingfishers catch fish. Hummingbirds drink nectar. Robins eat earthworms. Flycatchers catch flies. Except when they don't.

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Better Know A Duck: Northern Pintail

Northern Pintail / ©Bryan Pfeiffer

CAN WE REALLY KNOW A DUCK? Ducks are so … out there. Yeah, out on the water, far away from us. But ducks are "out there" in other ways. First, they’re courting now. In the cold. And when they finally breed in spring, well, it’s kinda violent and twisted. And after the female lays eggs, the males blows town. Gone. Deadbeat dad. But you gotta love Northern Pintail.

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